The Mountain Bike Life

Author: James Fraser

Well friends, it’s been fun. However, much as I like to say that mountain biking is my life, I must admit to the fact that it’s not an entirely true statement. As those of you that have clicked the “about the author” page for me will know, I’m currently going through my undergrad degree. Right now, I am in my second-to-last term of University and am, as you’ve no doubt guessed, ridiculously busy. So where does that leave us, readers…

A recent (okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, since it happened almost a year ago) Pinkbike poll asked a really interesting question, I thought: how picky are you, with regards to your bike’s setup? It was one of the few times I’ve been there and actually had to stop and think about my answer a bit – I mean, where would you rank yourself? Are you super picky, needing to go over every inch of your machine with…

In addition to some things you need to remember for yourself, there are a few important things to keep in mind when riding with your furry friend these colder months. There isn’t a lot you need to do that’s out of the ordinary, but I promise it will make things easier for the both of you! As with people, one of the most important spots is the contact point, so: Look at this happenin’ dude – ready for rocks, ready…

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As anyone that’s ridden in the cold season knows, the proper clothing can turn your ride from “death wish” to something worthy of at least two free beers. The key to surviving winter rides is actually pretty simple: layer your clothes! It’ll keep you warmer to begin with, you can take some off if you’re working hard, and it’ll keep you from freezing to death if you fall down somewhere wet. It’s important to note the skid mark trailing down…

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I absolutely love riding this time of year. Yeah, I know my last post was about how filthy riding in November will get you, and yes I also agree that, with a couple notable exceptions, I love riding in general. But, it’s true: this is my favourite time of year to ride. It’s cold (3C/38F today) enough that your breath fogs in the car on the way to the trails. Take your helmet off, and there are roiling clouds of…

It’s that time of year again! The nasty, gritty, sometimes-muddy-sometimes-not time of year, where I get about 20 minutes of riding time before I have a whole symphony of clicks and cracks and squeals coming from my drive-train. Some of you may wonder, “how do you deal with this?!” The most common answers I’ve heard are either don’t ride (which you really shouldn’t, unless you know that your trail systems are okay to be ridden on while wet), or to…

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I may be in the minority here (and, well, everywhere), but I actually enjoy riding on tape, rather than grips. It’s entirely possible this preference stems from the fact that I started riding in high school, and am currently in university, so I haven’t often been able to afford the luxury of buying new grips. There’s also a bit of nostalgia involved – the first bike I really got serious about was my dad’s old Klein Attitude (mentioned in probably…

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I have to say it: this is without a doubt the best dog pack/harness system I’ve ever used with my little guy. It has tons of room and attachment loops, it fits securely (thanks to an almost ridiculous amount of adjustable straps), it comes with two 1-litre collapsible water bottles, and the harness that the bags mount to is a fantastic piece of equipment on its own. The harness has six points of connection, and five separately adjustable straps. Belly…

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To C, or not to C? When I bought my newest bike, I was living and riding in British Columbia. I’d been looking at the various carbon offerings coming to the knobby world over the last few years, but I always assumed they were the sort of upgrades you’d get if you were a weight-weenie riding purely XC – the sort of thing that would go on the modern-day equivalent of my lovely Veronica (the fully-rigid aluminium Klein Attitude I’ve…

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I was quite impressed with this saddle while I was riding on it in BC. I’ll admit I always worry about the carbon components on my bike breaking with a big hit, but as of yet they haven’t! The Gobi stood up fantastically, even though it got hit hard enough to leave me a couple really nice (no, not really) bruises. As a matter of fact, this saddle has made it through a couple mistakes that have previously resulted in…

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